BA5_1 Vigilant Introspection


With video BA5_1 Rinpoche gives the general outline and explains the essence of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, Vigilant Introspection. In brief, in order to follow the training of the Bodhisattva path, we have to guard and protect our mind constantly by applying mindfulness and awareness to it.

To view the video, simply click on the image to view all the Chapter 5 videos.

If you prefer listening to the teaching in audio, use the audio player below.

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The audio as well as the audio translations in different languages and the transcript of this teaching are all available on Chapter 5 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 5, which you can download here and in the Library section. Further recommended reading: the commentary book by Kunzang Pelden (Khenpo Kunpal), The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech, p. 164-165.

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2 thoughts on “BA5_1 Vigilant Introspection

  1. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this very helpful commentary. My question is whether or not it is possible to be spontaneous and to maintain vigilant introspection at the same time? I can appreciate that it is very important to be constantly aware of what is happening in our minds in order to follow this training. Perhaps there can be a very brief moment of awareness just before being spontaneous?
    I am looking forward to studying chapter 5 very much.
    warmest wishes

  2. marcel

    Dear reader,

    I wonder what the relation is between Vigilant introspection
    and vipassana medittion. Seems very much the same
    to me, but I’m not sure ,am i right?

    kindly greeting

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